RESTORATION IN TURKISH OR HOW ARMENIAN MONUMENTS LOSE THEIR 'FACE'

arminfo
Wednesday, June 1, 17:27

The quality of the restoration works of the Armenian historical
and cultural monuments at the territory of Turkey are not
satisfactory, representative of RAA, Ashot Hakopyan, said at today's
press-conference.

He said that after restoration monuments change their image. For
instance, the main gates of Ani, on which the symbol of the city -
panther was placed. When we look at old photos, we can see a cross
above the panther, but it has disappeared now, he said.

Hakoyan added that the reason of such a doubtful restoration works
is that mainly Turkish specialist were attracted, which do not have
enough knowledge about the medieval Armenian architecture. According
to investigation of RAA, Armenian monuments of the Western Armenia are
in an extremely bad state. In 1940-60 they were destroyed by Turkish
servicemen which chose them like a target during military exercises.